Notification of 2017 Levy Rate

The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) have approved a levy of 27 cents per cubic metre for the 2017 calendar year. This levy is imposed on all harvested wood material from plantation forests in New Zealand under the authority granted by the Commodity Levies (Harvested Wood Material) Order 2013.

Meetings

The 2017  FGLT Board meetings are 9 March 2017 (Auckland), 11 May, 17 August, 9 November, 7 December. The members AGM will be held on 11 May 2017 - further information on the AGM will be available in due course.

2017 Work Programme

The 2017 Work Programme, (download.pdf 805 KB)  was formally adopted by the FGLT Board on 1 December following extensive consultation with stakeholders through the FOA Executive Council and FOA//FFA Committee process. Note that applications for funding throughout the year are accepted via the process outlined here.

What the levy is used for

The levy is used to fund activities defined in the Plantation Forestry Work Plan 2013-2019. Full details of the funding allocation, details of who benefits and an illustration of the proportion of 2017 (budget) $8.6 million work programme expenditure by broad category of activity is is available here.
The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) is a statutorily endorsed forest industry organisation and was established on 4 March 2013 to manage the proceeds of the newly introduced levy on plantation timber products coming from the forest.  The Trust was not formally established until the Levy Order was issued. It was preceded by the work of the Establishment Board during 2013. Information on the development of the levy and its implemention, including the work of the Establishment Board during 2013, is available here.
 
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.

It is the responsibility of the FGLT to ensure that the money collected under the levy is appropriately invested in areas of research, development and promotion that will further advance NZ forestry here and overseas.

It is the belief of the Forest Growers Levy Trust that working together will make the forestry industry in New Zealand a more profitable, sustainable and safe environment in which to work.

Levy Statistics Data

The levy rate is 27c per tonne for the 2017 year. The sum of 30c per tonne is the maximum levy rate that can be set for any year of the 6 year term until 31 December 2019. The levy rate has remained stable at 27 cents since the implementation of the Levy Order.

Each year the Plantation Forestry Work Programme will be reviewed and a budget for the next year approved. The levy struck for that period may be more or less than the previous year’s levy, but it may not exceed the maximum levy amount of 30c per tonne.

For a levy analysis statistical summary visit Levy Analysis Summary